Our Lady of Bright Mount Catholic Church
Los Angeles, California
Originally designed as a simple modern 'box-like' structure (built in 1956), Our Lady of Bright Mount Church was in dire need of renovation and interior remodeling. As the main parish for the Polish Catholic community in Los Angeles, the proposed wood panel interior is inspired by traditional 500+ year old all-wood churches found in southeastern Poland. The remodeling project continues the building's original modernist aesthetic, making numerous spatial and natural lighting improvements. The sanctuary area roof and ceiling are raised and then 'opened' for additional natural light, in order to heighten the altar's importance. The blue tiled sanctuary back wall makes references to Catholic iconography as well as the sky, while adding depth to the existing sanctuary area. The project incorporates numerous technical improvements, which includes the following systems: structural, heating/ cooling, artificial lighting, acoustical insulation, sound/ speakers, and electrical. The project remains unbuilt (the images shown are computer renderings.
Renderings by Tomek Szymanski (Cocoon Studio)